RDD Director’s Blog – July 2012

On behalf of the Technical Directors (TD), I would like to draw your attention to a new article series in JPT called the Young Technology Showcase.  This showcase is part of the TD’s Technology Pipeline strategy and is focused on bringing young technology to the SPE membership.  Young refers to early in the technology life [...]


Projects, Facilities and Construction Events at ATCE 2012

This year’s Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition (ATCE), 8-10 October in San Antonio, Texas, will feature a number events focused on Projects, Facilities and Construction. Read this post to see a summary schedule.


SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering Vol. 15, No. 3 available online

Papers in this volume are on the topic of Tight/Shale Gas.

Read the latest content at www.spe.org/go/speree


SPE Drilling & Completion Vol. 27, No. 2 available online

Papers in the following areas are featured:

  • Drilling Engineering Training with Directional Drilling Examples
  • Well Control and Managed Pressure Drilling
  • Drillstring Dynamics
  • Casing Drilling
  • Completions
  • Formation Damage
  • Well Integrity
  • Wellbore Strengthening
  • Classic SPE Drilling Paper

Read the latest content at www.spe.org/go/spedc


Enhanced Oil Recovery

Luciane Bonet-Cunha, SPE, Senior Reservoir Engineer, Petrobras America

Enhanced-oil-recovery (EOR) operations are what moves EOR processes from the laboratory to the field. They involve a series of activities, from a detailed planning stage to efficient application, consistent monitoring, and results analysis. When reviewing results from field pilots or full-field applications, it is noticeable that significant technical hurdles such as facilities, drilling and completion, and production-technology developments need to be overcome in order to deploy and run a successful EOR operation. Technology developments in water management, intelligent-well completions, and downhole innovation are key for EOR operations to achieve the expected increases in reserves.


Wellbore Tubulars

Casey McDonough, SPE, Drilling Engineer, Chesapeake Operating

We wear small bands on our fingers for many reasons. The rings have many meanings; the wedding ring may be the most common. This band, signifying no beginning or end, represents a union or reminds the wearer that he or she is married. It is traditionally worn on the left hand, on the vena amoris, the digit that the Romans believed was connected directly to the heart. Puzzle rings, or gimmel bands, are another type of ring used as wedding bands that has dual meanings. The word “gimmel” comes from the Latin gemellus and means “twin” or “paired.” Engaged couples would each wear one piece of the puzzle ring and, upon marriage, join the two bands with another provided by the priest. Once joined, the bands formed a puzzle that, if removed, was difficult to piece back together. Deceit that led to infidelity was made more difficult because the wearer might not be able to put the puzzle back together. Wedding rings have different traditions in eastern and western cultures, but they always hold a strong mental connection for the wearers.


Well Stimulation

Gerald R. Coulter, SPE, Consulting Petroleum Engineer and President of Coulter Energy International

Well stimulation continues to be a hot topic in our industry, particularly with hydraulic fracturing of shales. Having been in the industry since the Dark Ages, (at least, it seems like it at times), it is interesting to see the technology changes over time and what areas are currently in the spotlight. Certainly, hydraulic fracturing continues to lead the industry interest; however, we do pump a lot of acid, and we have not forgotten its importance. Our acid blends have not changed much since the very early days— the late 1800s—of acidizing. Hydrochloric acid has been the mainstay, with primarily hydrofluoric acid and formic and acetic acids being the complimenting acids. Specialty acids, such as phosphonic, sulfamic, and others, have also been playing a role.


Coiled Tubing Applications

John Misselbrook, SPE, Senior Advisor Global Coiled Tubing, Baker Hughes

The coiled-tubing (CT) industry has experience unparalleled growth in the past year, driven directly by the massive expansion in multistage-fracturing operations in North America. Various sources estimate that the US consumed 50% of the world’s CT in the past 12 months, helping to contribute to a massive 80% growth in product coming off the CT production lines.

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